Quick! To the Batmobile! And Let\u2019s revisit the original Gotham Hero. Back in the day the Bam, Pow Action was high adrenaline stuff, but whether you watched this series and found the campy nature comedic, or you sat crisscrossed in awe at a world of Heroes and Villains, there\u2019s really no wrong way to enjoy 1966\u2019s Batman, especially with its iconic cast. Starring the legendary Adam West and Burt Ward, there was nothing more thrilling than watching this crime-fighting team take on their foes with gadgets and costumes galore. Today we\u2019re heading back to Gotham City to see what the original Batman cast got into after hanging up their capes. Alright, light the Bat Signal, we need a hero. Adam West (Batman) The masked lead of the Batman cast, Adam West \/ Everett Collection \/ ImageCollect We all know how important\u00a0 Bruce Wayne is, but how vital Adam West was to this series is impossible to declare enough. He was the leading man, but more importantly he was the constant straight man for all of Robin's zany one-liners, or the villainous barrage of oddities. West would take it in stride as he pulled something out of his utility belt to handle the problem. Adam West \/ ImageCollect RELATED: How Batman Ended Up Killing \u2018The Munsters\u2019 Adam moved to Hollywood in 1959, with his wife and two children where he took up the stage name Adam West. He quickly got a role in a Paul Newman drama, The Young Philadelphians, Then he hit the western TV genre - several, in fact - highlighted by three episodes of Maverick. He received a big break in 1961 with 30 episodes of The Detectives, where he played Sgt. Steve Nelson. In 1964, West was part of Robinson Crusoe on Mars, a sci-fi film way ahead of its time. Then it was time to fight crime, and have a ton of fun doing so. Producer William Dozier cast him as Bruce Wayne, partly due to a James Bond-like parody commercial he had done for Nestl\u00e9 Quik. The 1966 Batman film was released just two months after the first season ended. West agreed to it with a stipulation requiring more screen time as Bruce Wayne. Although Batman catapulted West and his colleagues to fame, it also typecasted them all into a corner. West handled it with ease, even voicing the caped crusader once again for the 1977 animated series. And he became comfortable playing himself whenever possible. Like in the Burt Reynolds stuntman flick, Hooper. Which is a really fun and positive film if you haven\u2019t seen it. And he famously voiced over 100 episodes as Mayor Adam West on Family Guy. In 1980 West was a part of the travesty that was The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood. Then, in 1982 he was in the horror flick One Dark Night, which is pretty old school and not too bad. But Adam would never abandon his crime-fighting duties, voicing Batman on tons of animated shows like SuperFriends and The Super Powers Team. In his spare time, West enjoyed fishing, hiking, and spending time with his family, and did those activities with his longtime friend Van Williams, who played The Green Hornet on Batman. The two were even neighbors for a time. Adam had four children and three wives, who all mourned his passing in June 2017 from leukemia. He was\u00a0 88 years old and Los Angeles even projected the bat signal on city hall in his honor. Alan Napier (Alfred) Alan Napier, the loyal, reliable butler Alfred \/ Everett Collection \/ YouTube Alfred is Batman\u2019s loyal butler and confidant. He is the only one who knows the true identities of Batman, Robin, and Batgirl. Alan Napierf was a cousin of the former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. Though his film career began in England in 1930, he didn\u2019t begin gaining recognition until he moved to Hollywood in 1941, highlighted by his vicious Earl of Warwick in 1948\u2019s Joan of Arc. He worked with Hitchcock on 6 episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents in the late 50s. And then in 1964, he played Mr. Rutland in Hitchcock\u2019s Marnie. From one Alfred to a future Alfred. Working on Batman was one of Napier's last few credits \/ YouTube screenshot The following year Napier was the first actor cast in the Batman series. He had never even read the comics before accepting the role. But what an ideal Alfred he was! In fact, he was so impactful, that as a tribute, Jack Nicholson's Joker in 1989 was named Jack Napier. Alan suffered a stroke in 1987 and died a few months later in August of '88. He was 85 years old. Neil Hamilton (Commissioner Gordon) Neil Hamilton as Batman's ally, Commissioner Gordon \/ Everett Collection \/ YouTube screenshot Commissioner Gordon was one of Batman's two major police contacts. Gordon was in charge of getting in touch with Batman via the Batphone or Bat Signal. Neil Hamilton took the role seriously too, apparently telling his fellow actors to behave more somberly too, instead of playing the rather appropriate humor. The late Neil Hamilton \/ YouTube screenshot Hamilton is an old-timey actor, taking part in both silent films, and then the \u201ctalkies\u201d alike. He became known for starring in 1930\u2019s The Dawn Patrol, directed by Howard Hawks. And if you\u2019re a Tarzan fan, you\u2019ll remember him as Harry Holt in 1932\u2019s Tarzan the Ape Man. He reprised the role again two years later for Tarzan and His Mate. When the film roles dried up, he moved to television and appeared in shows like 7 episodes of Perry Mason and 5 episodes of 77 Sunset Strip. His final role was in the 1970 film Which Way to the Front?, directed and starring Jerry Lewis. Hamilton passed away in September of 1984 at the age of 85. Yvonne Craig (Batgirl) Yvonne Craig joined the Batman cast as Barbara Gordon herself \/ Everett Collection \/ ImageCollect Batgirl is Commissioner Gordon\u2019s daughter and becomes a crime fighting partner to Batman and Robin for Season 3. And she had a motorcycle that I was envious of. One of Yvonne Craig\u2019s first acting gigs was alongside Neil Hamilton in one of those Perry Mason episodes, 1958\u2019s "The Case of the Lazy Lover". She was also part of Sandra Dee\u2019s Gidget in 1959. Then she joined Elvis Presley in two films, 1963\u2019s It Happened at the World's Fair and Kissin' Cousins the following year. Besides Batgirl, she\u2019d also be remembered as a green-skinned Orion slave girl in Star Trek. She followed Susan Oliver who played the Green Girl in the pilot episode of Star Trek, and we just did a Bio of Oliver if you wanna learn a little more about that flying talent. Yvonne published an autobiography in 2000 called From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond and her final acting role was voicing \u2018Grandma\u2019 in the animated pig-show Olivia. Sadly, Yvonne died in 2015 at age 78 from breast cancer. Burt Ward (Robin) Burt Ward as the Boy Wonder \/ Everett Collection \/ ImageCollect Robin, the Boy Wonder, was Batman\u2019s sidekick. Known for interjecting phrases like \u201cHoly atomic pile, Batman!\u201d In fact, Robin used 352 "Holy" phrases. Which was your favorite? Ward at last receives his Hollywood Walk of Fame star \/ ImageCollect Burt himself was kind of a Boy Wonder in real life, having become an all-around athlete and the world\u2019s fastest reader. That\u2019s right. He tested before the American Medical Society at 30,000 words per minute with 90% comprehension. Compare that to the average 240 words and 40% comprehension, that\u2019s ridiculous. And his martial arts training led him to a friendship with Bruce Lee, and of course his role as Robin, which was Burt\u2019s first acting experience. And he did all of his stunts too, which delivered him to the emergency room numerous times. Along with voicing Robin in animated shows, he also re-emerged to act in more than 40 made-for-TV films, like 1991\u2019s Virgin High. And the terribly bad, Beach Babes from Beyond. The last time we saw Burt act was reprising his Dick Grayson in a 2019 episode of Supergirl. Ward is 76 years old today and in 2020 he received a well-earned star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But no matter how many B-Movies to his name, he\u2019ll always be our Boy Wonder. Cesar Romero (The Joker) A hero needs a villain, played here by Cesar Romero \/ Everett Collection \/ Wikimedia Commons The Joker was Batman\u2019s arch-enemy. His iconic Joker laugh was created almost by accident. He happened to see conceptual art of Joker's costuming and thought it so absurdly loud he began laughing. A producer yelled back, quote: "That's it, that's your Joker's laugh!\u201d He did it so much that he said his real laugh had begun to morph. Romero was so legendary that he refused to shave off his mustache for the role, instead just painting over it. Cesar Romero \/ Wikimedia Commons Other notable roles, of many, are his Duke Santos in the original Ocean\u2019s Eleven. And one of his final roles actually comes from over 50 episodes of Falcon Crest in the late '80s. It was long-speculated that Romero was gay, never marrying or having children. A 1996 book called Hollywood Gays came out after his death which alleges that Romero had come out in private interviews with the author. The legendary Cesar Romero died in January 1994 at the age of 86. Both Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger have cited Romero\u2019s brilliance as a springboard for their own Joker performance. Burgess Meredith (The Penguin) Burgess Meredith in the cast of Batman and after \/ Everett Collection \/ ImageCollect Meredith played the perfect Penguin, and seemed to really have fun with the role, even improving that famous Penguin Waddle. Meredith worked for six decades \/ YouTube screenshot Burgess Meredith is also very well known as the trainer in the Rocky franchise. And he was part of the 1981 epic Clash of the Titans. He entered Norman Lear world for Archie Bunker\u2019s Place, and followed that to a series regular on the short-lived Gloria spinoff. And I personally love him in the two Grumpy Old Men films. The two time academy award nominated Meredith passed away in 1997 from complications of Alzheimer's. He was 89 years old. Julie Newmar (Catwoman) Tony Award winner Julie Newmar \/ Everett Collection \/ ImageCollect The fantastic Julie Newmar played Catwoman for the first two seasons. Eartha Kitt took over for Season 3 and Lee Meriwether for the movie. Newmar after playing Catwoman. Photo by: Raoul Gatchalian\/starmaxinc.com STAR MAX 2017 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED \/ ImageCollect Along with a Tony Award win, she also was a lingerie inventor, and real estate mogul. A talented woman for sure. Newmar is 88 years old today and last acted in an episode of According to Jim in 2006. Frank Gorshin (The Riddler) Frank Gorshin celebrating his time as the Riddler \/ Everett Collection \/ ImageCollect His Riddler has never been equaled, also having a pretty menacing laugh. Because of a scheduling conflict, John Astin replaced Gorshin for season two of the series. Actor Frank Gorshin \/ ImageCollect Besides his Riddler, in 1982 Gorshin was in 82 episodes of the daytime soap, The Edge of Night. He was also a very skilled comedian and impressionist, with many guest appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and Tonight Starring Steve Allen. Frank passed away in 2005 at the age of 72. It truly was an incredible cast that gave so much life to a franchise that continues to this day. Sure, there's of course a new Batman in the works slated for a 2022 release. But none of that may have happened if the original wasn\u2019t so in your face, BAM, POW, and all. So, who was your favorite Batman character? Does another portrayal of Batman or the Joker beat the originals? What about Michael Keaton's Batman, or Heath Ledger\u2019s Joker?